Community Design Bootcamp

The Community Design Bootcamp aims to empower and equip residents from public housing neighbourhoods to propose, design, develop, and implement creative solutions to create friendly and lively community spaces in their living environment. Throughout the course, the participants will be exposed to skill and knowledge in creating a community-centric design through the approach of participatory planning, as well as methods to translate ideas into real life community design projects.

The course will be conducted in mixed methods including lecture and a range of hands-on, collaborative activities, where participants can learn about design thinking and its application to develop their community design projects. The ultimate goal of the community design projects is meant to create neighbourhood community spaces that encourage community bonding, enhance neighbourhood identity, and exemplify care for neighbours.

Course Details

Course Date:
No available dates.

1 day
9.00AM to 5.00PM


Who Should Attend

Residents, students, and representatives of community organisations (e.g. VWO, NGO, social enterprise) who have a keen interest in initiating and operating community design project within housing neighbourhood.

Designers, Developers, Engineers, Project Managers, Architects involved in planning, designing spaces.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
  1. Learn the design process in bringing initial ideas to life through insighting, ideation, refinement, visualization, and prototyping.
  2. ​Acquire necessary knowledge and resource information in proposing community-centric design for the neighbourhood common spaces.
  3. Develop organisation structure, responsibilities, and better bonding among team members
  4. Plan for next phase of prototyping and implementation
  • Resources, assets, and background of Toa Payoh-Bishan
  • Neighbourhood Demography & Community-centric Design
  • Case Studies of Neighbourhood Public Space Design
  • Site Visit & Analysis
  • Prototype Testing & Data Collection
  • Group Discussion & Debrief

Course Fees 

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Chong Keng Hua
Academy Fellow
Associate Professor, SUTD

Dr Chong Keng Hua holds a PhD in Architecture. He is the Principal Investigator of Social Urban Research Groupe (SURGe) and Co-Lead of Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) at SUTD. He is also the founding partner of COLOURS: Collectively Ours LLP, an award-winning design consultancy specialising in collaborative public place design. He was appointed as a member of Jurong Lake District (JLD) Steering Committee in 2015-2017, advising the planning of Singapore’s second CBD; and curator for Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 2018.

Dr Chong has been a Visiting Faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zhejiang University, and was invited to lecture by many universities including University of Tokyo, Tongji University, RMIT University, Royal College of Art, and CENTRO University. His research focuses on social architecture, particularly in the areas of ageing, liveable public place and data-driven collaborative design. He was the Principle Investigator of several impactful projects, including “Creative Ageing Cities” supported by SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, and “Second Beginnings” supported by Lien Foundation, raising the urgency of rethinking eldercare landscape in Asia and proposing new architectural typologies for future senior living. He is currently the Programme Lead of the “New Urban Kampung” Research Programme, which aims to foster stronger communities through data analytics, behavioural studies, simulation platform, and urban prototyping.
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